Australian left-back Josh Cavallo ‘scared’ of Qatar World Cup after declaring himself gay
Adelaide United left-back Josh Cavallo, who turned out to be gay last month, said he would be “scared” of playing at the World Cup in Qatar.
The 21-year-old became the only currently known top male soccer player in the world to declare himself gay after his announcement.
The Aussie received a wave of support from the football community after posting a moving and widely hailed video claiming he was done with the shame of his sexuality and the exhaustion of trying to live a ‘double life “.
Football administrators have launched high-profile public campaigns in recent years in support of fans and LGBT + culture.
But critics criticized Fifa’s decision to award the World Cup to countries like Russia, where homophobia has been called a “state-sponsored” project, and Qatar.
Adelaide United midfielder Josh Cavallo (pictured left in action in an A-Leage game against Perth Glory) became the only top football player in the world to declare himself gay in October
Cavallo has now revealed that he will fear for his safety if he takes part in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
‘I read something like [they] give the death penalty to homosexuals in Qatar, so that’s something that scares me very much [of] and I wouldn’t really want to go to Qatar for that, âhe told the Guardian’s Today in Focus podcast.
âAnd that saddens me. At the end of the day, the World Cup is in Qatar and one of the greatest achievements as a professional footballer is playing for your country, and knowing that it is in a country that does not support gay people and us. endangers our own life, it scares me and makes me reevaluate – is my life more important than doing something really good in my career? “
The 21-year-old admitted he would be afraid for his life if he took part in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
Homosexual acts are prohibited by Qatari law and sentences range from at least one year to ten years in prison, with a 2019 ‘danger rating’ ranking Qatar as the second most dangerous place to visit for LGBT + travelers .
Meanwhile, the country’s Muslims may be subject to Sharia law which prohibits all sexual activity outside of marriage, including homosexuality, with penalties of up to the death penalty.
Homosexuals could therefore be executed, but several human rights reports have indicated that there is no evidence to suggest that this has happened.
Meanwhile, the new Saudi owners of Newcastle have been accused of trying to “cleanse the sport” from the country’s human rights record, while the club’s sponsors have been criticized for “turning a blind eye to the sport”. ‘homophobia’ with their silence on the takeover of the club.
Newcastle has been sold to a consortium made up of the Saudi Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media (Photo: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman)
The takeover was savage, with Crystal Palace supporters protesting with a large banner
Following Cavallo’s announcement, former England striker and BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker sparked public support for the player, saying he hoped the player’s actions ” would erase the fear that others might have “of becoming gay.
“It’s absurd that going out is a brave thing to do in football,” the former Tottenham and Barcelona star tweeted. âIt does, and I’m full of admiration for Josh for following one path, hopefully many more will follow.
“I am sure the overwhelming majority of football fans will support him and erase the fear that others may have.”
Barcelona and former Spain center-back Pique also praised Cavallo, personally thanking him for his heartfelt video.
‘Hey @JoshuaCavallo, I don’t have the pleasure of knowing you personally but I want to thank you for this step you are doing.
In a four-part Instagram statement (pictured above), Cavallo said: “I am proud to publicly announce that I am gay,”
“The world of football is far behind and you are helping us move forward.”
Former Pique Barcelona teammate Antoine Griezmann meanwhile simply tweeted: “Proud of you @JoshuaCavallo” followed by a fist and heart emoji.
Despite the immense popularity of football around the world, only a few footballers have turned out to be gay, mostly after retirement to avoid the prospect of homophobic taunts on the terraces.
The first professional player to come out while playing was Britain’s Justin Fashanu in 1990, but he was never accepted into the game and tragically committed suicide in 1998.
A charity set up by Fashanu’s family last year published a letter from an anonymous gay player in the English Premier League highlighting how little football culture has changed.
Cavallo, who has also played for the Western United A-League squad and Melbourne City NPL third tier squad in Australia, said in his video: âThere is something personal that I have to share with everyone. world I’m a footballer and I’m gay.
âGrowing up, I always felt the need to hide because I was ashamed – ashamed that I could never do what I love and be gay.
âCommunicating with my loved ones, my peers, my friends, my teammates and my coaches has been amazing. The support I have received has been immense.
The Australian posted a long, moving clip (left) on social media saying he had ‘hid who he was’ and ‘was living a double life’
“I want to show people that it’s good to be yourself and to play football. If anything, you will gain more respect from people. [by coming out].
The player said his situation was “an absolute nightmare”, adding: “I feel trapped and my fear is that disclosing the truth about who I am will only make matters worse.”
David Beckham was recently criticized for reports he signed a deal worth Â£ 150million over 10 years to become the face of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and an ambassador for the emirate.
His association with a country accused of human rights violations, especially for its attitudes towards women and homosexuals, has earned him criticism.
The 46-year-old is said to have been assured that all fans will be treated well at the tournament before he accepts the Â£ 15million a year deal. However, the former England captain has always been criticized for putting money before his principles.
David Beckham reportedly struck Â£ 150million deal to be Qatari ambassador